Alexander Buttner insists he does not want to leave Manchester United.
The Dutchman's position at Old Trafford has been under threat ever since new manager David Moyes made his big-money bid for Leighton Baines during the summer, and then switched his attentions to Fabio Coentrao on transfer deadline-day - although neither move came off.
As Moyes has since spoken passionately about Patrice Evra's influence at United, it pointed firmly to Buttner being ushered out of the exit door.
The 24-year-old has been linked with moves to both Galatasaray and Tottenham in recent weeks and given the problems Moyes is presently wrestling with at United, Buttner could be forgiven for feeling a move is the best solution to his own lack of opportunities.
However, speaking after Sunday's 2-1 FA Cup defeat by Swansea, when he was handed only his fifth start of the campaign, the former Vitesse Arnhem defender was adamant nothing could be further from the truth.
"I know there are some clubs that want me but I'm happy here and want to play for Manchester United," said Buttner.
"I don't want to leave. I want to fight for my place.
"I don't care if people talk about other players in my position. I just want to play my game and show that I can handle this level.
"I know what I can do. I am still young and focussed 100 percent on being here. I just have to wait for my chance and take it."
On another desperate day for United, Buttner was one of the few who emerged with any credit.
In the first-half particularly, he exploited the space down United's left flank, delivered a superb cross for Javier Hernandez's equaliser and created danger for Swansea on numerous other occasions.
"The players know that I will always try to cross the ball, which is why Javier got his goal," said Buttner.
"It was nice to play. I want to play every game. But it is hard because we lost. If we win, the feeling is different."
The left-back area is far from the heart of United's problems.
There is a ready-made excuse for this latest defeat in Fabio's dismissal just four minutes after his introduction as a second-half substitute.
Using it would overlook an obvious lack of confidence which is seeping through a squad that won the Premier League title by 11 points last season but has now lost four of its last six home games and effectively only has the Champions League and Capital One Cup to play for in terms of silverware.
Moyes' frank admission of January not being the best time to bring in new players hardly helps generate a feeling of optimism amongst fans, who remain loyally behind the Scot, no matter what private misgivings they have.
The obvious lack of impact made by Marouane Fellaini since his £27.5million move from Everton may make Moyes even more tentative about spending big sums this month, yet, without reinforcements in midfield particularly, it is hard to see the situation improving to any great degree, which will put United's hopes of a top four place in peril.
"Let's not kid ourselves," midfielder Darren Fletcher told MUTV.
"It is a massive blow, a really bad result.
"There are a lot of angry and hurt players in there. We have let the manager, the fans, everyone down. It is not good enough."
The view was endorsed by pundits on the post-match phone-in show.
"Even with 10 men, I was still confident," said former midfielder Quinton Fortune.
"I still expect United to have that belief. You have to fight for each other and work harder."
Lou Macari added: "It used to be teams came to Old Trafford and didn't get a kick. It was one-way traffic for most of the game and they went away losing.
"The last three or four games at Old Trafford has not been the case. We have been struggling to get near them."
The one meagre positive is the speed with which some sort of redemption can be achieved in Tuesday's trip to Sunderland for a semi-final first leg likely to herald the return of Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Nemanja Vidic, and which simply must be won.
"We have to believe in ourselves," said Buttner.
"Getting to Wembley would mean everything. It would be good for the club to win this semi-final."
Manchester United - January transfer targets
Manchester United - January transfer targets
Bayern Munich defender Dante would be interested in a move to the Premier League according to his agent - and United have been monitoring him. His current club could yet convince the defender to stay however.
2/21 Alberto Herrera
United tried to sign the Athletic Bilbao midfielder in the summer but his botched signing rather summed up their ineffective dealings in the transfer market. With a £30m release clause, he remains an available, if perhaps slightly pricey, option in January.
3/21 Mario Mandzukic
An old-fashioned target man, Mandzukic has been linked with a move to United recently after Bayern signed Robert Lewandowski. However, Lewandowski won't arrive until the summer - meaning United might have to wait.
4/21 Will Hughes
Will Hughes has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United boss David Moyes after a series of superb performances have catapulted Derby County into the upper reaches of the Championship.
There is no doubt that midfield is the area most in need of reinforcements for David Moyes and another man linked with an Old Trafford switch is Colombian international Guarin. Valued at around £15m, the Inter Milan man's versatility would undeniably improve things for the Red Devils.
6/21 Bilal Basacikoglu
Bilal who, you might ask, but the young Turkish winger is an emerging star at Dutch side Heerenveen and a player to catch the eye of David Moyes. Aged just 18, he may be a player more for the future than to immediately turn United's fortunes around.
7/21 Steven Defour
For many years the Belgian was linked with a move to Old Trafford and having been a target of Moyes' at Everton, the midfielder could very well be the man brought in to improve things for United. Played for Porto recently against Atletico Madrid in a match watched by Moyes - did he catch the Scotsman's eye?
Reportedly one of United's main January targets, although the Atletico Madrid man is said to be very happy in the Spanish capital, particularly given his team's success this season. Might take some persuading to join Moyes' stuttering side.
9/21 Ilkay Gundogan
Undeterred by the modest success of their last Dortmund purchase, United could also be after midfielder Gundogan. Wouldn't be cheap but certainly an improvement on their current crop of players. Dortmund are understood to be keen to tie him to a new contract.
10/21 Sami Khedira
Another strongly linked with a Manchester move, the German international's recent serious knee injury makes a January switch unlikely but he could be brought in from Real Madrid further down the line.
11/21 Ross Barkley
Manchester United bought the last exciting teenage prospect to come through Everton's ranks so understandably they have been linked with the precocious Barkley. Knows Moyes from his Everton days, but will he join the Scot in making the switch from Blue to Red? Everton have already stated they will not sell in January.
12/21 Fabio Coentrao
After nearly signing on deadline day last summer, there's every chance that Moyes could return for Real Madrid's second choice left-back should he fail to lure another top name. Not really the priority though considering the good form of Patrice Evra.
13/21 Eliaquim Mangala
United could do with strengthening at the back and French defender Mangala is reportedly another to have caught Moyes' eye. However with Porto wanting all of his £40m release clause, he seems a rather pricey option.
14/21 Diego Costa
Rooney and Van Persie have spent too much time this season on the treatment table - so more options in attack would be helpful. Who better then than a failed target of eternal rivals Liverpool and a man whose goals have fired Atletico Madrid to the top of La Liga? Highly unlikely Costa would wish to leave in January - and even less likely Atletico would let him.
15/21 Blaise Matuidi
Another midfielder strongly linked with an Old Trafford switch, the PSG man could be available for as little as £7m which would represent great value for money. Not the sort of signing to instil renewed confidence at Old Trafford - but perhaps one of the more likely arrivals.
16/21 Andrea Ranocchia
Another man being mooted as a defensive recruit for Moyes, the towering Italian has fallen out of favour at the San Siro and would surely jump at a move to Manchester United.
17/21 Everton Ribeiro
The 24-year-old Cruzeiro man believes he could be the solution to United's midfield woes after being linked with a move there saying: 'I would fit in any part of the midfield. I would do well as a playmaker to support the attack.' It remains to be seen whether he'll get the chance to prove it with a January move.
18/21 Miralem Pjanic
The Bosnian midfielder has excelled at Roma this season and would certainly be a good signing for United. Previously linked with moves to Arsenal and Spurs, a move to Manchester would mean no Pjanic on the streets of London. Roma have confirmed they have received offers for the Pjanic.
Miralem Pjanic The Bosnian midfielder has excelled at Roma this season and would certainly be a good signing for United. Previously linked with moves to Arsenal and Spurs, a move to Manchester would mean no Pjanic on the streets of London.
19/21 Kevin Strootman
Another Roma star thought to be wanted by United, the Dutch midfielder is however highly valued by Roma chief Rudi Garcia which may prove an obstacle to any move.
20/21 Toni Kroos
The Bayern Munich midfielder is stalling on a new contract, raising hope he could be prised away. However, he's been integral to the multi-trophy winning side and it seems highly unlikely the German champions will let him go.
21/21 Alex Teixeira
If their pursuit of Strootman falls through, another man reportedly being lined up is Shakhtar midfielder Teixeira. The 23-year-old impressed against United in his side's recent visit to Old Trafford.